Budget 2012 - as it happened - Live coverage - The Independent

Budget 2012 - as it happened

This live blog is now closed. See the information, analysis, reaction and updates on Budget Day 2012 as it unfolded, here.

  • Cigarettes up 37p, Stamp Duty increased for £2m+ properties, State pension to rise by £3.50 a week, top rate of tax down from 50p to 45p and personal allowance rises to £9,205 with a new £50,000 threshold.

    Our live blog carries on till about 2pm with reaction and analysis, with links to articles - and tweets and articles from The Independent's experts.

    * George Osborne slashes 50% top tax rate ind.pn
    * Government set to borrow £11bn less ind.pn
    * George Osborne dashes fuel price hopes ind.pn
    * Unions criticise regional pay rates plan ind.pn
    * Budget at a glance ind.pn
    * Full text of the Budget speech ind.pn
    * Steve Jones: The small business view of the Budget ind.pn
    3/21/2012 1:55:41 PM
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